The Whitsundays

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the sand between your toes

The 74 magical islands of the Whitsundays is the ideal getaway destination if you are wanting to be impressed by natural scenery. You'll forget about your busy life within minutes of arriving as you lay back on white sandy beaches and cool off in clear blue waters. And you'll struggle to leave the peace and serenity behind. Picture swinging hammocks under palms, tranquil still water, blue skies and a cocktail in your hand. Pure bliss!

Beware of Stinger Season

Planning your relaxing escape to the Whitsundays doesn’t just mean you should focus on school holiday periods, your budget and the weather. Stingers (or Irukandji Jellyfish) should also be a consideration unless you want to haul yourself in and out of a stinger suit whenever you go in the water! Peak season for these little guys is from October through to May. To avoid your risk of encountering a stinger and to experience perfect sunny days, we suggest you book during September when the temperature is mid – high 20’s and the crowds are relatively low (of both people and stingers!).

Whether you're heading to the Whitsundays on a romantic getaway, a party weekend with friends or a family break, it's the type of destination to kick back and soak up the magical atmosphere. Book an all-day island cruise to experience all the Whitsundays have to offer and enjoy a stress-free day on the water.

Top 5 Things to Do at The Whitsundays

1. Swim and relax at the iconic Whitehaven Beach or Airlie Beach for families
2. Experience the underwater beauty and marine life during a snorkel or dive off the Great Barrier Reef
3. Sail around the islands with a group of friends on a luxurious catamaran
3. Hang out on the largest inhabited island of the Whitsundays, Hamilton Island
4. Tie the knot to ensure you have the most picturesque wedding!

4 Must Visit Islands of The Whitsundays

1. Take in the scenery at the family friendly Daydream Island
2. Enjoy the many restaurants, bars, activities and boutique shops of Hamilton Island
3. Chill out at exclusive resort of Hayman Island
4. Snorkel the waters off Hook Island

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25 Oceanview Avenue Airlie Beach 4802 Australia
Positioned on the absolute waterfront and just a short walk from Airlie Beach village, Coral Sea Marina Resort offers a relaxed atmosphere, for business or leisure travellers. With the outdoor pool, r...more
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Shute Harbour Road Airlie Beach 4802 Australia
Ideally located on Shute Harbour Road, Club Croc Hotel Airlie Beach is just a short walk from Whitsunday Shopping Centre and 5 minutes’ drive from the main street. It features a traditional Queensland...more
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269 Shute Harbour Road Airlie Beach 4802 Australia
Whitsunday On The Beach is situated on the Airlie Beach Lagoon and features sea views. All units are self-contained with reverse cycle air-conditioning, a balcony or patio, and outdoor setting and kit...more
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115 Shingley Drive Airlie Beach 4802 Australia
Overlooking Abel Point Marina, Shingley Beach Resort - Whitsundays is situated on the waterfront, 5 minutes’ walk from the marina and boat ramps. It features 2 swimming pools and a dive centre. All ac...more
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6 Lamond St Airlie Beach 4802 Australia
Just 200 metres from Airlie Lagoon, this lodge offers air-conditioned accommodation with a private balcony. It features an outdoor area with billiards, a swimming pool and barbecue facilities.All room...more

Airlie Apartments

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22-24 Airlie Crescent Airlie Beach 4802 Australia
Airlie Apartments is situated within 300 metres of Airlie Beach town centre and the lagoon area. The hilltop position overlooks the sea and offers magnificent views towards the Whitsunday Islands. Loc...more
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354 Shute Harbour Road Airlie Beach 4802 Australia
Just 5 minutes' walk from Airlie Beach, Nomads Backpackers Airlie Beach Backpackers Hostel is set amongst tropical native gardens. Guests enjoy a swimming pool, volleyball court and a poolside bar. Fr...more

Pinnacles Resort

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16 Golden Orchid Drive Airlie Beach 4802 Australia
Pinnacles Resort offers luxury apartments with Coral Sea views, just 300 metres from Airlie Beach town centre. The Port of Airlie is just 900 metres away.All apartments at Pinnacles Resort Whitsundays...more
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33 Port Drive, Port Of Airlie Airlie Beach 4802 Australia
Situated on Port of Airlie Marina, Mantra Boathouse Apartments offers private balconies and stunning views of the Coral Sea. This idyllic property features a children’s playground, swimming pool, a te...more

Sea Star Apartments

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2 Nara Avenue, Whitsundays Airlie Beach 4802 Australia
Sea Star Apartments boast accommodation with a large balcony and sweeping ocean and island views, less than 10 minutes' walk from Airlie Beach. Guests enjoy 1GB of free WiFi access daily, on-site park...more
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Cnr Shute Harbour Rd and Erromango Drive Airlie Beach 4802 Australia
Just 5 minutes’ drive from Shute Harbour, Mango House Resort offers self-contained accommodation with a private balcony overlooking the pool and gardens. It features free internet access.All air-condi...more
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Cnr The Esplanade and Coconut Grove Airlie Beach 4802 Australia
Featuring an outdoor swimming pool and free Wi-Fi, Airlie Beach Hotel offers fully air-conditioned accommodation in the heart of Airlie Beach town centre.Each room at Hotel Airlie Beach includes an LC...more
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394 Shute Harbour Road Airlie Beach 4802 Australia
The centrally located Airlie Beach YHA is close to the swimming lagoon, local nightlife, restaurants and cafes. It offers air-conditioned private and dormitory rooms, most offering a balcony. Guests c...more

Whitsunday Reflections

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25 Horizons Way Airlie Beach 4802 Australia
Whitsunday Reflections is located in the heart of Airlie Beach, featuring panoramic Coral Sea views from its unique hilltop position. It is just 1 km from restaurants and shops and features an outdoor...more
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144 Shingley Drive Airlie Beach 4802 Australia
Peninsula Airlie Beach offers a choice of apartments and penthouses, located directly on the waterfront. All apartments have a private balcony with views of the marina and the Whitsunday Islands.Faci...more

COVID-19 Travel Updates Across Australia State by State

Winter School Holidays in Australia

All east coast states of Australia are on holidays at the same time. ACT, QLD, NSW and Vic school holidays are from Sat 26 June to Sun 11 July.

West coast Australia (being WA and SA) is on holidays one week after the east coast states from Sat 3 July to Sun 18 July. NT is doing it's own thing, probably because it's dry season, and is on holidays from 26 June to 19 July.

To get the best deals and availability, east coasters would probably be best served travelling west for that first week and west coasters could travel east for the last week.

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